Tonight’s Game: The Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators square off for the second time in as many nights tonight in the back-end of a home-and-home series at Brooke County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the second of eight scheduled meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Head-to-Head: Tonight’s get-together falls in the middle of a stretch in which the teams will face off three times in six games, including another go-around next Saturday back in Binghamton. The B-Sens claimed Game 1 of the two-game set courtesy of a 3-2 overtime win last night at The Blue Cross Arena to gain the early advantage in the season series. The Amerks have dropped five of their last six games against the Senators dating back to last season and are looking for their first win in Binghamton since a 4-3 overtime victory back on Mar. 17, 2012.
Amerks Notes: Rochester (5-2-2-1, 13 points) enters the contest on the heels of a 3-2 overtime loss to Binghamton last night on home ice. Phil Varone and Matt MacKenzie each scored in regulation for the Amerks, with MacKenzie’s first-career AHL tally coming 2:45 into the third period to knot the game at two and ultimately forcing overtime. The story of the night, though, was the return of Patrick Kaleta to Rochester after the veteran forward re-joined the Amerks earlier in the week from the parent Buffalo Sabres. Kaleta, who was playing in his first AHL game since the 2007-08 campaign, skated 18:55 in his season debut for the Amerks. The loss, however, gave the Amerks points in seven straight games and moved Rochester into a first-place tie atop the American Hockey League’s North Division standings. Jamie Tardif stretched his point streak to four games with an assist, while Mike Zigomanis also notched an assist to give the 13-year pro nine points (4+5) over his last six games. Despite seeing his career-long eight-game point streak halted earlier in the week, Varone has recorded at least one point in nine of his first 10 games this season, a stretch that featured the AHL’s longest active assist streak and eighth-longest point streak over that span. Varone, who currently leads the Amerks with 10 assists and 13 points, has also recorded four multi-point games in his last seven outings and enters play tonight tied for 10th in the AHL in assists and tied for 14th in overall scoring. Adam, who was riding a six-game point streak coming into last night’s matchup, shows nine points (5+4) over his last six appearances, including goals in five of his last seven. More impressively, the former AHL Rookie of the Year is off to the best start in his pro career, having scored a goal in seven of Rochester’s first 10 games thus far and still owning the AHL’s longest goal-scoring streak of five games. Adam’s team-leading eight tallies are presently tied for sixth in the league, four of which have also come on the power-play, good enough for second in the AHL.
Binghamton Notes: Binghamton (7-4-0-0, 14 points) comes into the matchup showing four wins over its last six games and is fresh off its 3-2 overtime win a mere 24 hours ago in Rochester. Leading point-getter Mike Hoffman scored both goals in regulation before top rookie Cody Ceci sealed the win for the B-Sens with his second game-winner of the season just 1:36 into the extra session. Guided by second-year head coach Luke Richardson, Binghamton returns 21 players from last year’s squad, including Spencerport native and second-year pro Shane Prince. As a rookie for the B-Sens last season, Prince finished third on the team in scoring with 35 points (17+18) in 65 games, including four goals against his hometown Amerks. The Sens comprise a very competitive East Division that has seen all five of its members advance to the Calder Cup Finals within the last six years. Binghamton, which won its first AHL title in 2011, along with its fellow East Division foes opponents show a combined 17-6-1-3 record against teams outside the division, good for a .739 points percentage.
Up Next: The Amerks begin a busy stretch of four games in six nights when they host the North Division rival Lake Erie Monsters on Monday, Nov. 11 at The Blue Cross Arena. The special 3:05 p.m. Veterans Day matinee will be the first of six meetings between the two teams this season and will be carried live on 90.5 WBER. The contest will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 26.